Celebrate Japanese Canadian culture while giving back to your community! Join us for our LIVE online Telethon August 1, 2020 from 2pm to 7pm. Hosts Tetsuro Shigematsu and Yurie Hoyoyon will take us on a fun and heart-warming journey, presenting live performances, messages from festival vendors and friends, and opportunities to express your support for Powell Street Festival in its 44th year. Drop in and stay for a while! Tune in to our website with your family and friends to experience the spirit of the festival right from your home!
The program features taiko drumming from the rooftop of the Vancouver Japanese Language School, a Giving Ceremony to honour our connection to the Powell Street neighbourhood, a physical-distance-respecting Paueru Mashup dance, and performances from several local Japanese Canadian artists. Interspersed throughout the day, we’re bringing the festival’s sounds, excitement, and sumo to you through “Spirit of Nihonmachi”, a 35th Powell Street Festival anniversary film by Greg Masuda. Visit our website for schedule and artist details.
Due to the COVID19 health crisis, the 44th Annual Powell Street Festival pivoted from its traditional in-person celebration to an online Telethon. It was a great success, raising $64,389.
“We are overjoyed with the outpouring of support we received during the Telethon. We look forward to redoubling our efforts to foster and strengthen the resilience, vitality and health of the neighborhood,” says Edward Takayanagi, President of Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS).
Reflecting upon the Telethon format, Takayanagi says, “It was important that we broadcast from the neighborhood as the Telethon was a celebration of Japanese Canadian cultural identity and our engagement and connection to this historic place.”
“As the health of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) is directly linked to the health of the Festival, we are deeply committed to the wellbeing of the neighborhood and its current residents.” He continues, “During the Telethon weekend we were able to connect with our friends from the neighborhood, community partners and residents, and affirm our reciprocal relationship.”
Yurie is a voice actress, her biggest role includes the Mobile legend character voice, which is a 75 million downloaded game. She has been a MC for poetry events for the poet Soramaru Takayama & Joy Kogawa, Nikkei Matsuri, Nikkei Talent Search, and Cherry Blossom festival. She also does MC for Japanese company or community events such as MUJI and Okinawa taiko group show Chijinshu Wakatiida.
Described by The Georgia Straight “one of the city’s best artists,” Tetsuro Shigematsu tells stories across an array of media. He is an author, playwright, broadcaster, and filmmaker. A former writer for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, in 2004, he became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took over The Roundup on CBC Radio.
His solo-work, Empire of the Son, has played in 18 cities to over 20,000 people, and was described by Colin Thomas as, “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” His most recent work, 1 Hour Photo, published by Talonbooks, won a Jesse Award for Significant Artistic Achievement, and was nominated for a Governor General’s Award. Tetsuro recently signed a book deal with Penguin Random House to write his memoirs.
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"The health of the DTES is directly linked to the health of the Powell Street Festival."
"I have such respect for the work of the Powell Street Festival, and was moved by the organization’s decision to launch the Community Kitchen."
"This is a historic opportunity for historically marginalized groups to come together and work side-by-side as allies, creating nourishing meals that will feed body and spirit."
"PSF represents the JC community to me, traditional and innovative arts, different generations involved in all aspects (as vendors, performers, audience, etc.). The mix is important."